Qualcomm has announced several new products at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, including the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform for smartphones, as well as the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 mobile platform for Windows mobiles.
As the name suggests, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the successor to the 8cx Gen 2 model launched last year. The SoC is built using a 5nm process technology, a first for chips built for Windows devices. The company has promised an 85% improvement in CPU performance and a 60% improvement in GPU performance.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 offers support for Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, X62 and X65 5G modems. As a reminder, the Snapdragon X65 offers peak download speeds of up to 10Gbps, the Snapdragon X55 offers speeds up to 7.5Gbps, and the Snapdragon X62 up to 4.4Gbps.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 includes Qualcomm’s Spectra image processor, which promises better autofocus, auto white balance, and auto exposure for video conferencing. The SoC supports one to four cameras, as well as 4K HDR video capture at 30fps and 720p slow-motion video at 480fps.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 supports UFS 3.1 flash which offers faster read and write speeds. There is also support for Qualcomm Noise and Echo Cancellation technologies to suppress unwanted background sounds.
The company claims the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 will provide “multi-day battery life,” but did not provide any details related to this. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 devices are expected to be released in the first half of 2022.
Android smartphones will learn to track snoring. Google is already working on this feature.
Google is testing a feature for Android that will be responsible for detecting snoring and coughing.
Google Health Studies released a new version this week to support the launch of a new study. This update also includes the “Sleep Audio Collection” study, available only to Google employees.
To participate in this study, you must be a Google employee and have an Android phone. The environmental conditions required for this study are that there should be no more than one sleeping adult in the same room who does not work for a competitor company.
Google explains that its Health Sensing team is actively working to bring an enhanced set of sensory capabilities and algorithms to Android devices in order to provide users with meaningful information about their sleep.
These cough and snoring detection algorithms will eventually evolve into a bedside monitoring feature on Android devices that will work privacy-preserving on the device to monitor coughs and snores at night.
By the way, we can recall a similar Snore & Noise Detect function, which was found in the Fitbit software code. It is quite possible that this is the same feature that the same team is working on, just in the case of Fitbit it will be available on the watch, and in the end Google will make it part of Android.
Google bets on tablets: new Google Calculator app unveiled
Recently, Google announced that it will focus on tablets again and bring various software improvements to Android 13. The company also announced that it will release about 20 apps optimized for tablets. The company released an updated calculator app for tablets this week.
The Google Calculator preinstalled on various phones and tablets now has a new user interface design. The new version 8.2 is optimized to take full advantage of the tablet’s large display. Now the calculator shows all the necessary buttons on the right and the history log on the left. Previously, the application took up the entire screen only to display the number and function buttons.
What’s more, when the app is used with another app in split-screen multitasking mode, the history log disappears so that both apps can be used without any problem. The app also received a quick settings toggle that allows you to quickly access the calculator from any screen.
In a previous update, Google introduced the Material You design to the Google Calculator app. Samsung Galaxy Tab devices come preloaded with the Samsung Calculator app with a lot of features and a decent user interface. This is in stark contrast to Apple, which doesn’t ship its iPads with any kind of calculator app.
With the new Tensor 2 single-chip system and pre-installed Android 13, but with old screens. New details about Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
New details about the Google Pixel 7 smartphones, which will debut in the fall, have appeared on the Web. As it turned out, there is one aspect that will not change at all in the new products. This aspect is displays.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will reportedly get the exact same screens that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro currently have. So, the younger model is assigned a panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels with a frame rate of 90 Hz, the older one has a panel with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels and a frame rate of 120 Hz. And if the screen of the Pixel 7 Pro is quite flagship by today’s standards, then the Pixel 7 could get a matrix with at least a 120 Hz frame rate. Panels will be supplied by Samsung, matrix catalog numbers are S6E3FC3 and S6E3HC3, respectively. At the same time, the codes for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro became known – Cheetah and Panther, respectively.
Google officially announced these smartphones on May 11 and announced that sales will start in the fall. The novelties are credited with a single-chip platform of a new generation – Tensor 2. They are also the first in the world to receive a pre-installed Android 13 OS.
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